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ACT-IAC Announces 2014 Igniting Innovation Award Winners

The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council’s (ACT-IAC) Institute for Innovation today announced the winners of the 2014 Igniting Innovation Awards, a new recognition program honoring the leading solutions, tools, services and programs developed by government and industry leaders to address government’s biggest IT challenges. EPA and INDUS Corporation’s “How’s My Waterway?” application, developed to address citizens’ concerns about local water quality and critical pollution issues, captured the most votes from more than 700 government and industry IT attendees on February 6, 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

“Every day government not only delivers successful mission outcomes, but also seeks new and innovative ways to serve the nation; we launched Igniting Innovation as a new platform for sharing ideas and spreading adoption of these innovative approaches,” said Chris Smith, AT&T Government Solutions Vice President of Technology and Igniting Innovation Program Chair. “Our finalists demonstrated some of the exciting results agencies are achieving, yet it’s only a sample of what can be accomplished by using technologies such as biometrics, big data and shared services to improve health services, secure government assets and protect our citizens and the homeland.”

During his keynote presentation, Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel recognized and congratulated all of the Igniting Innovation finalists for effectively demonstrating how government and industry are employing technologies such as reuse, open data and agile development to help agencies meet their unique mission requirements. Despite constraints on budgets, resources and time, agencies are overcoming IT challenges by leveraging innovative projects, ideas and solutions that have been developed as a result of public-private sector engagement.

The Igniting Innovation Showcase and Awards offered a free and rare opportunity for government and industry to explore the Top 30 Finalists’ programs during a “science fair” style exhibition. Social media voting by attendees narrowed the competition to the Top 8 finalists, who each gave live “Shark Tank” presentations. A judging panel of government and industry IT leaders also presented Dynamite Awards in five categories to the following organizations:

  • Citizen Impact – Federal Emergency Management Agency: Integrated Public Alert and Warning System
  • Incubator – Creative Information Technology Inc.: Patient Buddy
  • High Risk, High Reward – Customs and Border Protection, Office of Information and Technology, BEMSD and Dev Technology Group: Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Iris Pilot
  • 3 Rs (Recycle, Reduce & Reuse) – U.S. Department of Commerce and Small Business Administration: BusinessUSA
  • Most Disruptive – The MITRE Corporation: Full Motion Video Optical Navigation Targeting

For more information about the Igniting Innovation Awards program and winners, please visit

Connect with ACT-IAC to learn more about government IT innovation:

Twitter: @ACTIAC #igniteinnovation

LinkedIn: ACT-IAC Group

About ACT-IAC – Advancing Government Through Education, Collaboration and Action

ACT-IAC has been recognized as the premier government IT community’s public-private partnership and is an example of how government and industry work together. We are a nonprofit educational organization created to advance government in serving the public through the effective application of IT resources. Our education, training, programming and collaboration opportunities enhance and advance the government IT profession. ACT-IAC’s objective, vendor- and technology-neutral, and ethical forum allow government and industry to collaborate and improve government through technology. Headquartered in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, ACT-IAC also has chapters in the Pacific region (based in San Diego) and the Rocky Mountain region (based in Denver).

Learn more about our organization and how to become a member at or call 703-208-4800.

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